Step Spinsters…by Madina Papadopoulos

Posted January 20, 2019 by Karen in Books, Reviews /

Step Spinsters…by Madina PapadopoulosThe Step-Spinsters

by: Madina Papadopoulos
Published by:Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on July 18, 2017
Genres:Fairy Tale Retelling, Young Adult
Format: Mobi (Kindle file)
Source: Author (via YA Books Central)
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Once upon a time, in a land far, far away... ...(actually, in Medieval France, to be exact) there lived Cinderella's stepsisters, Fredegonde the tall and Javotte the small. They wake up the morning after the legendary ball to learn that they each still have a chance to be the bride-all they have to do is make their feet fit into that tricky slipper. Alas, these two damsels under stress never quite seem to fit in anywhere. But that doesn't stop them from wishing and hoping as they set upon a quest for grooms and grandeur of their own.

*I received this book for free from the Author (via YA Books Central) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

You think you know the story of Cinderella and her evil step sisters but do you know the whole story. ‘Step Spinsters’ gives an alternate view of the classic fairy tale. In ‘Step Spinsters’ the stepsister are misunderstood and Cinderella isn’t as perfect as we thin she is.

After Cinderella leaves to marry her prince charming we learn that her step sisters and mother are in a dire situation. Non-noble women are not allowed to own property. As such the step sisters and mothers will have nowhere to live should one of them not marry in a short amount of time.

I was really pleasantly surprised by ‘Step Spinsters’ I thought that a retelling through the eyes of the step sisters would be silly and hard to believe by this wasn’t true at all. Both stepsister, Fredegonde  and Javotte came across as endearing and easy to connect with. I also loved that there was so much history included. There is often not much back story to the royalty and kingdoms in fairy tales and ‘Step Spinsters’ gave us a great history lesson especially about the kingdom of Normandy.

I think that there was a lot of positive messages in the story. The pretty girl can be vain and selfish and that sometimes women can feel pressured into situations because of their gender. Even though we have come a long way from the times when women can not own property, when can still be at a disadvantage to men in terms of being able to be financially independent.

I also loved the message that people are not always as they are portrayed. In Step Spinsters, Cinderella is vain, and selfish where Fredegonde and Javotte are hardworking and caring.

While I did enjoy the book, I felt a little let down by the ending. I definitely wanted to have more finality with Fredegonde  and Javotte in the future and well as some of the secondary characters. I am hoping this is because there will be a sequel.

This is definitely not was not what is a great read. Step Spinsters is funny while being deep and poignant and in a timely story. A great retelling.


About Karen

Karen is a native Orlandoian and still lives there with her family. She loves reading Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction ,’Chick Lit', YA, and Southern Fiction. Some of her favorite things are fuzzy animals, Bigalow tea, and air-conditioning.
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